June 08--Candensis resident Kiera Yerkes recently was named manager of the Wells Fargo branch on Main Street in Stroudsburg. In her new role, she will manage a team of 17 and one financial adviser. She has advanced quickly, which she can credit in part to her sports background as a softball pitcher.
Running a business, she said, "starts with a lot of discipline, and you have to have a lot of discipline in sports. I can do anything I put my mind to and truly believe in myself. You learn teamwork, strategy and mentorship, which I now do on a daily basis."
Yerkes was an all-star pitcher for the Mount Pocono League travelling all-stars. One of her coaches was state Rep. Mario Scavello, R-176. She earned a softball scholarship to East Carolina University, but a shoulder injury ended her career there early. She transferred to East Stroudsburg University to receive a bachelor's in graphic design with a concentration in media communications technology.
"A lot of our employees come from sports backgrounds and military backgrounds. There are team-building skills in sports and in the military that transfer directly to what we're doing here at Wells Fargo," said Kevin Friedlander, northeast communications manager.
Yerkes has advanced quickly serving two years as a personal banker before moving up a year ago to managing the Wells Fargo office in Bath and then going to Lehighton before coming to Stroudsburg.
"That definitely allowed me to have a thorough understanding of the company," Yerkes said. "I learned what it feels like being a banker, and actually interacting with clients and knowing what bankers go through every day helps me to be a manager."
But it's not just an office job. "It's working with the community, educating children and helping for those going into college or those about to graduate. There are so many things on the outside we try to do, not just things on the inside; it's the larger picture," Yerkes said.
That includes her presentation for Wells Fargo at the American Red Cross Telethon broadcast on Channel 13.
"When you help a client successfully and that client reaches goals, the personal touch is gratifying," Yerkes said.